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June 28, 2009

Bobby Mason and Friends

Hi. Best wishes to Bobby Mason who will soon be having hip replacement surgery. I’m sorry not to be at the fundraiser party  for him today. Karen Kincaid texted me to let me know what I’m missing. Bobby has performed at fundraisers for just about everyone in the Aspen Valley, including at Owl Farm for NORML. So I’m sure today will be a success. Sweethearts Jimmy Ibbotson and John Oates are playing along with many other friends. Have fun guys. Amor Vincit Omnia


Anita Thompson

P.S. I forgot to include a really good one from yesterday’s list. The Demon’s Dictionary:

Barometer:  An ingenious instrument that indicates what kind of weather we are having.

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June 27, 2009

Desire and Expectation Rolled Into One

Hello. It’s been a long arduous but successful day at Butler Library. I learned more Latin in the last 36 hours than in the previous 4 weeks. Ain’t silence a beautiful thing whilst memorizing conjugation and declension systems? There will be more memorizing tomorrow.  

Now that Michael Jackson’s death is overshadowing the news (or lack of news) coming out of Iran, I’d like to think that his spirit beamed over to visit some clerics and other religious trouble makers. Nobody else seems to be helping those poor people bleeding in the streets. Remember, two weeks after Hunter died, the Colorado Supreme court overturned the conviction of Lisl Auman, the girl Hunter had been working for four years to free. Michael Jackson having a positive impact on Iran’s people…well, that’s what we call Hope.

The definition for “Hope” is one my favorites in The Demon’s Dictionary. It was created by Civil War veteran, Ambrose Bierce. Although I adore sweet cocktails, sentimentality, humor and slang, the intended audience for The Devil’s Dictionary is “enlightened souls who prefer dry wines to sweet, sense to sentiment, wit to humour, and clean English to slang…”

Here are some of my selected favorites:

Hope: Desire and expectation rolled into one.

Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.

Famous: Conspicuously miserable.

Bore: A person who talks when you wish him to listen.

Impiety: Your irreverence toward my deity.

Court Fool: The Plaintiff.

Litigation: A machine that you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.

Habit: A shackle for the free.

Coward: One who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.

Riot: A popular entertainment given to the military by innocent bystanders.

Erudition: Dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull.

Language: The music with which we charm the serpents guarding another’s treasure.

Hospitality: the virtue that induces us to feed and lodge certain persons who are not in need of food or lodging.

Ghost: The outward and visible sign of an inward fear.

Achievement: The death of endeavor and the birth of disgust.

Zeal: A certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and inexperienced.

Yep, indeed. Don’t ask me which is my favorite. The rest are in the book and I’m giggling with them all. On that note — good night. I’m off to bed, to get a good seat at the library in the early am.

Your erudite-y friend, full of hope and zeal,

Anita Thompson

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June 25, 2009

Goodbye Michael Jackson

Yes, I’m crying too, over the death of Michael Jackson. It’s not just the loss of an icon, but it is that he reminds our generation of a time when we were happy. And most important, he contributed to that happiness by sacrificing his own.  

Hunter called it The Curse of Fame. Condolences to his family.

Anita Thompson

Here is a historic video from 1983 (Motown 25 Live) It’s the first time he did the moon-walk and you hear the audience flip ou. This was the time he was beginning to be considered the best dancer in the world. My friend Jackie Friendman sent it and we cried like we were 10 years old again. Watch in on full screen if you can…

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June 24, 2009

Ancient Gonzo Wisdom

Yes, Ancient Gonzo Wisdom is finally out! Hooray! I’m running out the door to go to class, but want to post the NPR page for you.

There is a lot of news to catch you up on. Sorry for being out of pocket. Yes, Johnny Depp et al look great in The Rum Diary film adaption. It’s coming along swimmingly. Ralph Steadman and his beautiful wife Anna had an eventful stay at Owl Farm. And yes, you may have heard that the Gonzo Foundation will be indeed holding a writing contest starting in the Fall, which will end with the winner’s writing published in the Magazine, and a book Contract with People’s Press. More news on this ASAP. I should be writing all of this to you in Latin, as I have a vocab test tomorrow, and final next week, but English will have to suffice because the Latin ain’t going as smoothly as I’d like. But am indeed recovering from a humbling beginning of the summer semester.

Anyway, I’ll catch up with you this weekend. I’ll post more info about Ancient Gonzo Wisdom as well.

Your friend,

Anita Thompson

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